Discover the natural wonders of the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands – a biodiversity hotspot home to protected bird and plant species – through a tour of our education centre.
Guided and virtual tours
We offer guided in-person tours of the education centre and wetlands, available to school and community groups. We also open the centre to the public throughout the year – check for events.
Our program is aligned to the Victorian curriculum, and includes:
- how wetlands work as a natural filter
- the important role wetlands play in the urban water cycle
- plants and animals found at the wetlands
- sustainable aspects of the education centre
- local indigenous heritage and European history.
Tours for VCE Study Designs feature real-world case studies suited to:
- Environmental Science
- Outdoor and Environmental Studies.
Walk through the wetlands or learn about them through a range of interactive displays inside the centre.
Our award-winning building demonstrates sustainable features to reduce water and energy use, from rainwater tanks and solar panels to waterless composting toilets.
Pricing for 2024
- Costs vary depending on the type of group and session.
- Prices are quoted per person and include GST.
- Cancellations with less than 5 business days’ notice incur a $60 fee.
|Group type||Group size||Length||Cost||Min. booking fee|
|Years 1-6||35-70||2 hrs||$8.00||$160|
|VCE||Up to 35||2 hrs||$12.00||$180|
Note: For larger groups touring the wetlands, we recommend half the students attend the education centre while the others visit nearby attractions or undertake a self-guided wetland walk. The students can then swap for a second session.
Prepare for your visit
Booked your tour of the education centre? Make sure to read the following information and complete our venue and safety form before you arrive.
We are committed to the safety of all visitors to our sites. We ask that you strictly follow these safety rules at all times:
- follow the instructions of centre staff
- do not climb on or over railings
- do not run
- switch off mobile phones during sessions
- take care when operating interactive displays
- if visiting outdoor areas of the site, wear:
- closed-toe, flat-soled shoes
- a long sleeved top
- long pants/trousers
- clothing suitable for weather conditions.
Student supervision and discipline is the school’s responsibility. Teachers and adults accompanying school groups should actively supervise students at all times.
We reserve the right to cancel a booked activity and ask individuals or groups to leave the site immediately if any action or behaviour is unsafe.
- Venue and safety form
Download and return a signed copy of the relevant form when you arrive for your tour:
- What to bring
It is important that students bring the following items when they visit the centre:
- plenty of drinking water, as there is none available on site
- rubbish-free packed snack or lunch, as there are no bins in the centre
- a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen for warm days
- plenty of warm layers for cool days
- notepad, pens and pencils for taking notes and drawings.
- How to get there
The centre is located at 278 Edithvale Road, Chelsea Heights, VIC.
View our location on Google maps.
By car or bus
Via Eastlink: Take the Greens Road exit then turn left at Springvale Road. Drive past Wells Road and through the first roundabout. The education centre is 100 metres down the road on the left.
Via Nepean Highway: Turn left into Edithvale Road when you reach Edithvale. Drive through the wetlands until you see the education centre on your right. Continue driving further, u-turn at the roundabout and enter the car park, 100 metres on your left.
Catch the Frankston line train to Edithvale Station. Walk east down Edithvale Road and you will reach the wetlands. The education centre is located on your right at the east end of the wetlands. Walking time is approximately 15 to 20 minutes. There is also a bus that travels along Edithvale Road.
Parking is available for two buses at a drop-off zone in front of the centre along Edithvale Road, 100 metres from the roundabout and just after the entrance to the car park. Limited parking is available in the car park in front of the centre.
- Nearby attractions
There are many interesting walking and cycling paths in parks and reserves close to the wetlands. Why not combine your visit to the education centre with another excursion?
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